Hot Birds &
The Chili Sauce
by Kenny Bump
“You've got a real type of thing going down, gettin' down, There's a whole lot of rhythm going round” – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Funk has arrived in our state. There is no denying that fact. The lyrics above attest to exactly what I witnessed go down at the Lost Leaf.
Hot Birds & The Chili Sauce lay down some serious funk. The sultry voices of the Hot Birds truly are mesmerizing. To top it off, they boast that they are comprised of some of the best musicians in town. After watching them melt the paint of the walls, I am inclined to agree.

The music is truly a movement. I am not one for cutting a rug unless courage juice has been ingested, but my feet were tapping to the infectious grooves. This band is not only filled with extraordinary musicians who command your attention, they are all performers who demand that the whole block takes notice. Blues, funk and R&B at its best is exactly how I would describe Hot Birds. They even throw in the twist of being fronted by some of the most confident women ever. They all ooze sex appeal. Any one of them is more than welcome to sing me to sleep at night. All their voices have extensive strength and power, but a cooling, calming effect on the soul. This band is more than legit - they are performance-personified.

Hot Birds & The Chili Sauce are a must-see for you music lovers. I don’t care if you aren’t “a big funk fan” or whatever. This band is everything that music is all about. They are fun, energetic, smooth, seamless, endearing, enchanting and more. If you haven’t already checked out their website or Myspace over the course of reading this, then what are you waiting for?

HB&TCS at the 2010 McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Photos by Joel Ekdahl